Hi, I’m Erika! But you already knew that…you are visiting a website called Essence of Erika after all. You might remember my old home, Shoes, Shirts & Other Sh!t, a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog that I worked on during the three-plus years I spent living in New York City.
While those were some of the best years of my twenties, I moved away from NYC (at least for now) and back to where I grew up in Western Massachusetts in June 2012 to pursue my career in sports broadcasting and journalism. I tried to manage SSOS from here, but it no longer had the same feel without glamorous events to cover and my heart just wasn’t it in. Just before I moved, I was freelancing for several different sports media and decided to start my own website The New England Sports Journal, which shut its doors in the summer of 2015 after three and a half great years. While sports are certainly my passion and what I plan to make my career of, I needed another creative outlet where I could post my random musings, recipes, pictures, product reviews, fashion inspiration, DIYs and more!
Here is where you’ll find a little bit of me–the Essence of Erika. Fashion, beauty, food, DIY projects, my inspirations, my dog Izzie and more of what makes me, me. I hope you enjoy it!